easysteer EPAS retrofit
Following several reports from V8 members who have had an easysteer electronic power steering system (EPAS) retrofit on their MGV8, we discussed the system and how it is installed on an MGBGTV8 or an RV8 with Rick Birchall at easysteer. Here we have a review of the easysteer EPAS system and its installation in an MGV8. Members' reports on how it performs on the road will be very welcome.

The supply and fit package is around £1,000.

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53 Wigan road

Contact: Rick Birchall
Email – info@easysteer.co.uk
01204 457458

Posted: 220105
How it works
The easysteer EPAS system uses the same steering column as originally fitted to the car, but with the addition of an electric motor attached in the middle of the column. The company uses specially machined joints to connect all the sections of the steering column together making it much stronger and it mounts in the car in the normal position with an extra bracket on the base of the motor. Easysteer attach that bracket to the pedal box or the bulkhead for extra support for the column. Their easysteer EPAS system still retains the original fittings (including the ignition barrel, steering wheel and column surrounds) and it all looks s it should with all the wiring and control boxes easily hidden away under the dashboard. All their systems are fused by a 35/40 amp maxi fuse to the motor and a 5 amp inline fuse to the controller. All their EPAS units include simple plug and play wiring instructions and they are all 12 volt negative earth.
Easysteer EPAS systems are a "fit and forget" retrofit
Nearly all your original steering components remain unchanged, so your rack, track control arms, track rod ends and column universal joint are standard, none are power steering items meaning no extra cost when it's time to replace them. One of the real advantages of an EPAS system over a hydraulic PAS system is that in the highly unlikely event of a power loss, the worst your steering will do is to revert back to how it used to be before the EPAS was installed. Unlike the old hydraulic systems which, if you ever lose the power steering, your car becomes undriveable because with that type of system the original steering rack is removed and replaced with a lower ratio rack making the effort to steer without power assistance beyond the effort a driver can make. An easysteer supply and fit installation avoids complications as there are several types of steering column with different features on the MGV8 models.